Since our skin is our largest organ, the products we apply to it are just as important as the food that goes into our bodies. We’re working towards using more natural beauty and skincare products at GoodnessMe Box HQ by sticking to these criteria. By Nutritionist and GoodnessMe Box Editor Melissa Fine.
Can’t pronounce or never heard of a handful of ingredients listed on a skincare product? Put it back on the shelf and go for one containing only unadulterated ingredients you’re familiar with – like coconut oil, creamy cocoa butter (which makes whatever it’s in smell like dessert) and natural preservatives like rosemary extract.
An ingredients list as long as your arm on a cleanser or moisturiser is often a red flag for a synthetic product packed with toxins and artificial preservatives, fragrances and colours. Compare the beauty and skincare products at the health food store to the ones at the supermarket; You’ll probably find the former have less ingredients, the majority of which are derived from nature, not a lab.
Some potentially toxic ingredients that you’re likely to come across in commercial skincare products:
Because we’re absorbing some of what we’re applying to our skin, I like food-grade skincare ingredients that are safe to ingest. Think nourishing almond, macadamia or olive oil, and my favourite – coconut oil; This absorbs nicely, locks in moisture and is super versatile. Use it straight-up as a hair treatment, moisturiser or lip balm. Or, get you hands on the coconut oil skincare products by Nature Balm – their Coconut Lip Balm has become a desk draw essential for all of us at GoodnessMe Box HQ.
I love coconut oil’s slightly sweet, nutty fragrance and because it’s quite solid (but still malleable) at room temperature in the colder months, it’s easy to keep a little pot of it in your handbag without spillage. It gives your skin a nice glow, too.
A natural skin product will have a shorter shelf than a mass-produced, chemical-laden one. Brands like Nature Balm are great because their products are made to order, meaning no rancid oils or funny preservatives.
Nature Balm offers a range of natural body products, fragranced using essential oils for their therapeutic properties, and free from chemicals, preservatives and petroleum, so you know what you are putting on your skin every time! To find out more head to www.naturebalm.com.au